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Last updated: 14th October 2005
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14th October 2005

This is a question I am asking on the behalf of my wife and some sisters. They heard that it was not permissible for women (or for that matter men as well) to have extension to the hair. The question is this the correct opinion.

The reason they are concerned is that it is a custom among pakistani women to wear "Paranda's" although they are not permenant extensions and are generally used to tie the hear neatly but could easily constitue extension.

Please could you shed some light on this matter.


Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

Hair extension is Haraam (strictly prohibited).

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ĎAllah curses the Waasilah (person who extends hair) and the Mustawsilah (person who seeks to extend hair).í (Bukhari)

Narrated Humaid bin 'Abdur-Rahman:

That he heard Muawiya bin Abi Sufyan (talking) on the pulpit in the year when he performed the Hajj. He took a tuft of hair that was in the hand of an elderly and said, "O people of Medina! Where are your learned men? I heard the Prophet forbidding such a thing as this (i.e. false hair) and he used to say, 'The Israelis were destroyed when their ladies practiced this habit (of using false hair to lengthen their locks)."
(Bukhari 4:674 see also Bukhari 4:694, 7:816 )

Narrated 'Aisha:

An Ansari woman gave her daughter in marriage and the hair of the latter started falling out. The Ansari women came to the Prophet and mentioned that to him and said, "Her (my daughter's) husband suggested that I should let her wear false hair." The Prophet said, "No, (don't do that) for Allah sends His curses upon such ladies who lengthen their hair artificially." (Bukhari 7:133 see also Bukhari 7:818 )

Narrated Jabir ibn Adullah:

Allah's Apostle reprimanded that a woman should add anything to her head (in the form of artificial hair). (Muslim)

Additionally, One must strictly avoid the customs and traditions of their countries. Traditions, customs and innovations are misguidance and every misguidance will be in Hell-Fire. (Mishkaat)

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.

Answer last updated on:
29th September 2007
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